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  • Summary: Medieval 2: Total War boasts an impressive array of new graphical and gameplay enhancements, including the capability for a massive 10,000 dynamic characters to be taken into battle at any one time. On top of this, The Creative Assembly have implemented a fully redesigned multiplayer modeMedieval 2: Total War boasts an impressive array of new graphical and gameplay enhancements, including the capability for a massive 10,000 dynamic characters to be taken into battle at any one time. On top of this, The Creative Assembly have implemented a fully redesigned multiplayer mode that offers a dynamic multi-battle campaign bolstered by an unprecedented level of visceral combat choreography that reflects the brutality of medieval warfare. Set in the most turbulent and bloody era in European history, Medieval 2: Total War allows gamers to lead their armies across the battlefields of Europe and the Holy Land before discovering the Americas and doing battle with the fearsome Aztecs. Medieval 2: Total War offers a vastly enhanced terrain model to create new graphically rich environments portraying breathtaking cliff top castles and enhanced settlement features that are unique to each civilisation. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. An exceptional game that brings history alive with enormous flair and clarity.
  2. Games Master UK
    94
    A kingly mixture of action and strategy - not only a top RTS but the PC game of the year. [Christmas 2006, p.76]
  3. While the slightly glitched real-time battles may not be all that much different from Rome's, and naval battles and new multiplayer options are still conspicuous by their absence, there's simply no way that any selfrespecting strategy fan can spend this Christmas doing anything other than rampaging across the world on a whirlwind of medieval conquest.
  4. The relation between the actual battle in real time mode, and managing an empire in turn based mode, is pure bliss.
  5. 88
    It's true that the developers really missed an opportunity to rework the interface but the graphics upgrade and new campaign options are more than enough to satisfy the legions of Total War fans.
  6. Play Magazine
    85
    There's no better entry point to the "Total War" series than Medieval 2. [Jan. 2007, p.94]
  7. The depth of the diplomacy, the many well-balanced factions, the intelligent layout of the interface, that all indicates to me a game design crew that really had its stuff together. While I don’t think as a game reviewer it would be appropriate for me to penalize a game for being too involved, I do think the pace of this game, the amount of plotting and planning versus the amount of payoff, is a little out of whack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 115
  2. Negative: 8 out of 115
  1. Bangell
    Mar 25, 2008
    10
    My favourite game ever - epic battles, tactical gameplay on real-time and turn-based levels - an all-round masterpiece.
  2. Oct 3, 2015
    10
    Medieval II Total war. En mi opinión uno de los mejores de la saga, Los gráficos son muy buenos en especial para un juego de 2006 (e jugadoMedieval II Total war. En mi opinión uno de los mejores de la saga, Los gráficos son muy buenos en especial para un juego de 2006 (e jugado juegos de estrategia de 2015 con peores gráficos). el sonido un clásico de la Edad media muy interesante y muy bueno se lucieron con los sonidos y la BSO es sublime . En este juego demostró una vez mas quien mandaba en la categoría de juegos de estrategia . Expand
  3. ArisL.
    Feb 6, 2007
    10
    Excellent game, bringing together a great combination of history with fun gameplay.
  4. Feb 22, 2017
    9
    What makes this game's campaigns the most enjoyable for me are the historic events that pop during the game. Events like the Mongol or TimuridWhat makes this game's campaigns the most enjoyable for me are the historic events that pop during the game. Events like the Mongol or Timurid Invasion, the invention of gun power and the introduction of guns and cannons in the late game or even the discovery of the Americas are what makes this game so unique among the other games of the series.

    Also, if you own the addon, Medieval II has the best total conversion mods of any Total War game to offer, some of which more than equal the base game in quality and depth.

    tl;dr It's great. Just try the demo on Steam
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  5. JohnI.
    Jan 6, 2007
    9
    Great Graphics, some bugs, great gameplay overall, love the addition of the new world, A+
  6. Korsu
    Jul 22, 2008
    8
    Medieval 2 is pretty entertaining it's a shame that at some point it becomes very repetitive and bunch of major bugs won't help at Medieval 2 is pretty entertaining it's a shame that at some point it becomes very repetitive and bunch of major bugs won't help at all including the horrible battle- and campaign AI. But this is indeed a beatiful game with epic battles. Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2016
    0
    Bloody terrible game. I loved Empire so i decided to try this game too and it was a huge letdown from the start. First of all i didnt findBloody terrible game. I loved Empire so i decided to try this game too and it was a huge letdown from the start. First of all i didnt find alot to increase the income. Only ones i found were the mines which barely gave any income. Increasing tax seemed to be the only decent way, but whats even worse is the way peace works. I was playing Spain and i attacked one of the rebel settlements. Then France comes in, deaclares war and takes the settlement. Few turns later they want peace. I accepted and like 12 turns later they **** declare war on me again. So yeah the peace mechanic is very terribly made and should have been made so that if you make peace then you cant declare war on that same nation again for like 50 turns atleast. Expand

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